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Baby Daddy Denied… Again

Aida Rafie An interesting case from Ontario is back in the news again as the Ontario Court of Appeal made its ruling, upholding the decision made by the lower court. This case has been found interesting by many as it involves a male doctor who went to court to sue a woman who he had [...]

October 11th, 2017|

The SSAGs – “Advisory” in Nature, but the Court Must Give Reasons for any Departure

The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal (“SKCA”) in Senchuk v Senchuk, 2016 SKCA 167 (“Senchuk”), has confirmed that when the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines (“SSAGs”) are argued, a Court must provide reasons for departing therefrom. In Senchuk, the husband appealed an interim decision of the Court of Queen’s Bench amounting to $2600 per month in spousal [...]

October 3rd, 2017|

Lifestyles of the Rich, Famous and Dead

Anthea Law Huguette Clark was the daughter of Senator William A. Clark, an industrialist and a copper tycoon during the turn of the twentieth century. She was born on June 9, 1906, and in a lifetime that spanned over a century, amassed a fortune worth nearly $300 million. Her only sibling, a sister, died of [...]

September 26th, 2017|

Emotional Readiness: An Elusive Factor in Attaining Settlement

Kathryn Tweedie As a family law lawyer, one of the most common questions I am asked at the initial stages of a separation and/or divorce is how long the process is going to take. My response is typically that the duration of the process is entirely dependant on if and when both partners will [...]

September 19th, 2017|

Am I Common Law in Canada?

Andy Hayher In the recent decision of Giesbrecht v. Schreiner  from the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench, the Court reviewed the indicia of what it means to be “Common Law” in Canada. In a lot of cases it will be very clear, however, there can be those instances where the Court needs to make a [...]

September 12th, 2017|

Why Good Fences (and Facebook Privacy Settings) Make Good Neighbours

Emily Gajda We’ve all experienced and know the frustration of dealing with a nasty neighbour. However, the Supreme Court of British Columbia recently found a woman liable to pay her neighbour nearly $70,000 in damages after posting negative comments about him on Facebook. In Pritchard v. Van Nes, 2016 BCSC 686, the Pritchard family [...]

September 7th, 2017|

Choosing a School in the Best Interests of the Child

In a separation, the decision of where to send children to school can be one of the most important decisions for parents. Consequently, it is one of the decisions that can be disputed the most if parents do not agree. It is preferred that parents make decisions about schools on their own, and it is uncommon [...]

September 5th, 2017|

Sexual Assault – Assault or Battery and Limitation Periods

Doug PerrasThe Alberta government has introduced legislation - Bill 2 - that has eliminated limitation periods for claims which involve sexual assault or battery. A limitation period is the time limit for filing a court action after the wrong which gave rise to the action occurred. For most actions in Alberta the limitation period is [...]

August 29th, 2017|

Engagement Rings: To Have and To Hold – and To Keep?

The Matrimonial Property Act (the “Act”) sets out how property is to be distributed between married spouses in Alberta upon their separation or divorce. The Act provides that property is to be distributed equally between spouses unless the property is enumerated as being (1) exempt or (2) distributable in a just and equitable manner.Property acquired [...]

August 22nd, 2017|